You say potato, I also say potato…because that’s how it’s pronounced.
We had a lot of great suggestions for potato salad – some traditional, some non-traditional. So, we bought four traditional and four non-traditional potato salads and invited our friends over for a night of taste-testing (blind) that I’m sure they’ll be talking about for years to come. We made SURE that the potato salad was room temperature before any tasting for peak flavor. Also, all of the salads were purchased the day of the taste test.
Traditional Potato Salads were up first (numbered one-four for identification, not ranking):
1 – “Our Own” Potato Salad from Festival Foods, Racine $2.88/lb (Sale $1.88)
Of the traditionals, this was voted the favorite by majority. So good in fact, that even after all the potato salad eating on Saturday, husbands were requesting more of this one on Sunday. If you do not like crunchy things in your potato salad, this is the one for you. Comments included: “Creamy,” “Smooth,” “Balanced,” and “Potatoes are very tender”
2- “American Potato Salad” from Mac’s Deli, 2302 52nd Street, Kenosha $3.70/lb
This one didn’t rate very well with our group. Comments included: “Bland,” “Sour cream texture makes it seem curdled, dry,” “Not a lot of flavor”
3- Mustard Potato Salad from Meijer, Kenosha $4.99/3 lb tub
For a pre-packaged product (say that 3 times fast), this was better than I was expecting and was generally liked by the group. Comments included: “Good, pickley flavor,” “Good texture,” and “Kind of bitter”
4- “Dawn’s Potato Salad” from Piggly Wiggly, Washington Ave, Racine $2.09/lb
Piggly Wiggly offers this salad made by a company called Dawn’s Foods in Portage. This seemed to hit right down the middle of the road, however nobody was overly excited by Dawn’s. Comments include: “Too much mustard,” “Simple and sweet,”, “Good, but bland,” and “Creamy, but bland”
Now. on to the non-traditional potato salad:
5- “Loaded, Smashed Potato Salad” from Meijer, Kenosha $3.99/lb
People either really liked how similar this was to mashed potatoes, or didn’t care for the texture. No complaints about the flavor though. Comments included: “Good overall taste,” “Liked the creamy texture,” “Potatoes too mashed,” “Very bacon-y,” and “Good, lots of bacon flavor”
6- “Steakhouse Potato Salad” from Pick ‘n Save, Caledonia $5.25/lb
For what it’s worth, I’m not really a big potato salad eater, but this one was definitely my favorite. The majority seemed to agree that this the winner of the non-traditionals. Comments include: “Bacon-y and cheesey, really good,” “Yummy. Love the cheese,” “Delish! Bacon!”
7- “Loaded Steakhouse” from Mac’s Deli, Kenosha $4.29/lb
I really wanted this to be good. I really did. But I was let down. It just wasn’t “loaded.” Comments include: “Too vinegar-y,” “Sour tasting,” “Weird flavor,” and “Boring”
8- Bacon Bleu Potato Salad from Gooseberries, Burlington $5.99 lb.
A few of our taste-testers were not the biggest fans of bleu/gorgonzola cheese but the ones that liked the cheese, seemed to like the salad. Comments include: “Too strong,” “Different. Oily, not creamy, but good,” and “Not a fan of the cheese,” and “Could have used some salt and pepper, but great taste and texture”
In summary. Festival Foods “Our Own” was the traditional winner and Pick ‘n Save Steakhouse was the nontraditional winner. If you have vegetable haters in your family, give the Festival Foods version a try; no vegetables or crunch. Tip: one of our members suggested heating up the Pick ‘n Save Steakhouse Salad to make it even more delicious.